Winter is coming and so are those cold and flu germs. So, what can we do to fend off those germs? The best way is using our very-own, remarkably and wonderfully made immune system. And to stay healthy, boost that immunity starting now by eating these immune boosting foods: brightly colored vegetables, nuts, berries, chocolate, fish, garlic, yogurt, tea, mushrooms and sweet potatoes.
Let’s find some these foods locally. We’ll begin with those that are readily available at our local farmacy.
Brightly colored vegetables: You probably already know that you should eat a variety of the colorful vegetables. You most likely first heard this one from your mother. But do you know why? The bright green, yellow and orange vegetables have carotenoids like beta carotene. Well, there’s the Peter Wilcox potato that has purple skin and yellow flesh. Researchers tell us that Carotenoids are plant pigments associated with health benefits, such as improved immune systems and antioxidants. They say that The Peter Wilcox potato has higher concentrations of several carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin. 
Cousin Bob’s Fancy Purple Stripe: Since the early times of the Greeks, garlic has been touted as a health booster. And, a recent study confirms this. Researchers have shown that eating garlic boosts our natural supply of hydrogen sulfide, which acts as an antioxidant. It further suggests to crush the raw garlic and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes at room temperature. That allows time for the enzymes to react and increase the amount of the healthy compounds in the garlic. Eating some fennel seeds with the garlic to help to neutralize the smell on the breath was also noted in the article. 
Buffalo Herb Tea: And, there’s the Buffalo Herb (Medicago Sativa). This herb’s common name is alfalfa. According to the garden reference “The Herbalist”, the dosage is to “steep a teaspoonful of leaves, broken into small pieces, into a cup of boiling water for half hour”. Its use is as a “nutrient and tonic” and it “contains vitamins and organic minerals”. “The Herbalist” was compiled by Joseph E. Meyer and published in 1934.
As you can see, going to the Farmacy is something that’s been in practice for a long while. Some recent research is helping us understand why these foods make good medicine. So there you have it, ways to boost your immune system with a local fare.
We plan to ask Chef Butch for his home-made yogurt recipe to add to our list of healthy foods…coming soon.
 Science & Enterprise Publication, New Potato Type Bred for Higher Carotenoid Levels By Alan, on October 25th, 2012
 The New York Times, Unlocking the Benefits of Garlic by TARA PARKER-POP on October 15, 2007,